Cadillac Records

Cadillac Records

Cadillac Records

Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists. Starring Jeffrey Wright, Beyonce Knowles, Adrien Brody and Mos Def.

2009USA
DramaMusical

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Cadillac Records / Reviews

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Visually and narratively flat.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The film is a fascinating record of the evolution of a black musical style, and the tangled motives of the white men who had an instinct for it.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

It's best not to worry much about the film's fidelity to history but rather simply lean back and enjoy one great jam session on film.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Cadillac Records is a rollicking and insightful celebration of Chicago blues in its hectic golden age.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Cadillac Records plays more like a collection of costumed episodes than a cohesive film.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

It feels disappointingly bloated and too fast-paced by half.

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New York Post

New York Post

A treat despite a script that crams in almost as many musical bio-pic cliches as... Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Darnell Martin's rushed mess of a movie... jams the story of Chicago-based Chess Records into one incoherent package.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

A satisfying combination of great songs and strong dramatic performances.

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USA Today

USA Today

While the story could use a tighter focus, the ensemble is strong and the music makes Cadillac Records worth catching.

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

Cadillac Records may be a mess dramatically, but it's a wonderful mess, and not just because of the great music.

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Total Film

Total Film

Cadillac Records jams half a dozen music legends into one overstuffed film.

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The Times

The Times

Has as much documentary truth as a West End musical.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Beyonce proves her Dreamgirls turn was no fluke in this so-so Blues melodrama.

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Independent

Independent

The music is great, so energetic and vital it leaves the drama looking unfocused in comparison.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Sadly the movie conforms to all the music-biopic stereotypes we've seen in Walk the Line, Ray and Dreamgirls.

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Time Out

Time Out

In story terms, its cavalcade of melodrama and conflict isn’t always persuasive, but writer-director Darnell Martin’s respect for the music shines through...

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